"KICK" Start to Early Literacy

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United Way of Hernando County's Kickball Tournament's purpose is to support early literacy and continue to provide Hernando preschool children free books to help them grow their own little library and prepare them for kindergarten. All proceeds from this the "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament will benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program, currently providing over 1,050 Hernando children with a free book every month from birth to age of five. The books are mailed directly to enrolled children regardless of their family’s economic status.

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2024 Team Line-Up: 

  1. Barrette Outdoor Living - "BARRETTE KNIGHTS"
  2. Coastal Engineering - "KICKS & GIGGLES"
  3. Timber Pines - "HAMMER JAMMERS"
  4. Publix #1871 - "187-WON"
  5. Regions Bank - "BALLS OF FURY"
  6. Publix #1282 - "KEVIN'S KICKERS"
  7. Withlacoochee River Electric Coop. - "WRECKING CREW"
  8. Tampa General Hospital - "ONE KICK WONDERS"
  9. Publix #1198 - "GLEN LAKERS"
  10. Publix #457 - "RIKI'S ROCKETS"
  11. Publix #1132 - "BROOKSVILLE SKILLZ"
  12. Downtown Athletics - "TANGERINE DREAM TEAM"
  13. HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital - "LIFESAVERS"
  14. Rivera's Kitchen & Flooring - "RIVERA'S KICKIN' KITCHENEERS"
  15. Clerk of Circuit Court - "THE MIGHTY DOUGS"
  16. Hernando County School District - "SAVED BY THE BALL"

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2024 Celebrity Coaches:

  1. Christa Tanner - City of Brooksville, Vice Mayor
  2. Dr. Lauren Dedea - Dedea M.D. Family Medicine
  3. Dr. Amy Anderson - Pasco-Hernando State College, SH Provost
  4. Blake Bell - City of Brooksville, Mayor
  5. Paul Hasenmeier - Hernando County Fire Rescue, Fire Chief
  6. Sheriff Al Neinhuis - Hernando County Sheriff's Office
  7. John Stratton - Hernando County School District, Superintendent
  8. Brian Hawkins - Hernando County Government, County Commissioner
  9. Dr. Brian Dahmer - Family Chiropractic Center For Wellness
  10. Joel Fritton - Circuit Court Judge
  11. Doug Chorvat Jr. - Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller
  12. Brian Brijbag - Brijbag Law
  13. Jerry Campbell - Hernando County Government, County Commissioner
  14. Marvelous Marvin - Hits 106
  15. Dave DeCarlo - Hernando County Emergency Management Director
  16. Brittany Montmarquet - Publix Super Markets, HR

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Food Trucks:

Spice Corner     brain freeze    Murph Coffee   

 love corndog    cali street    icecream barr


Music by PJ the DJ


Hernando County Fire Rescue - Ladder Truck & Smoke Mobile

Hernando County Mosquito Control - Amphibious ARGO Vehicle 


Individual and Business Sponsorships are available for anyone interested in investing in a child’s future. Your donation will enroll children onto the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program where free books will be mailed directly to their homes every month from birth to age 5.

Business Sponsorships:                                                                                 2024kickball

Get your business involved and make a difference in the lives of thousands of youth in Hernando.

  • Presenting Sponsors | Grand Slam Champions: Tampa General Spring Hill/Brooksville
  • Field Sponsors | Home Run Heroes: HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital, Brijbag Law, Carter Foreman, Kiwanis Club of Brooksville
  • Kickball Sponsor | Base Run Ballers:
    -Micro Matic

    -Grow Financial
    -Family Chiropractic
    -Comfort Control Specialists

  • Yard Sign Sponsor - Double Play!
    Sponsorship Recognition Packages
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Questions? Please contact the United Way office 352-688-2026 or email Justine at impact@unitedwayhernando.org

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Previous Kickball Champions & Their Impact
  • 2016: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square

  • 2017: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square

  • 2018: "WRECing Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • 2019: "WRECing Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • 2020: "Brooksville Bombers" from Publix at Brooksville Square & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers

  • 2021: "WRECing Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers

  • 2022: "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" from 54 Realty & Celebrity Coach April Johnson-Spence

  • 2023: "Tangerine Dream Team" from Downtown Athletics & Celebrity Coach Christa Tanner

  • 2024: "Barrette Knights" from Barrette Outdoor Living & Celebrity Coach Joel Fritton


April 12, 2024


“Barrette Knights” Crowned 2024 Kickball Champs
United Way of Hernando County raises over 889 1-Year Scholarships, equivalent to 10,668 books, towards Early Literacy at Kickball Tournament

Spring Hill, FL – United Way of Hernando County’s 9th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament was on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Anderson Snow Park - 1360 Anderson Snow Rd, Spring Hill, FL 34609. This tournament was proudly presented by United Way’s “Grand Slam Champion” Sponsor Tampa General Hospital Spring Hill/Brooksville. Each year, 16 Kickball Teams compete in this single elimination tournament for a chance to win the Ultimate Traveling Trophy and have the honor of being crowned “Champions of Early Literacy.” Teams are exclusively invited to participate and represent company partners of United Way in Hernando that align themselves with supporting local initiatives.

The Kickball Tournament's purpose is to support early literacy and continue to provide Hernando preschool children free books to help them grow their own little library and
prepare them for kindergarten. Thanks to supporters of United Way’s "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament, we were able to raise over 889 1-year scholarships, which
is equivalent to 10,668 books! All proceeds benefit
United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, currently providing over 1,050 Hernando children with a free book every
month from birth to age of five. The books are mailed directly to enrolled children regardless of their family’s economic status.

After a long afternoon of local Hernando businesses vying for the Ultimate Traveling Trophy, the final matchup came down between Downtown Athletics “Tangerine Dream Team” with Celebrity Coach Christa Tanner and Barrette Outdoor Living’s “Barrette Knights” with Celebrity Coach Joel Fritton. It was a close and intense game, but in the end Barrette Outdoor Living’s “Barrette Knights” were crowned the victors and the 2024 Kickball Champions with a score of 1-0.

Thank you to the other 14 participating teams and their accompanying “Celebrity Coaches” who competed in this year’s event:

  • Dr. Brian Dahmer coaching Tampa General Hospital’s team, “One Kick Wonders”

  • City of Brooksville Mayor Blake Bell coaching Coastal Engineering’s team, “Kicks & Giggles”

  • Attorney Brian Brijbag coaching Rivera’s Flooring, Kitchens, & More’s team, “Rivera’s Kickin’ Kitcheneers”

  • PHSC Provost Dr. Amy Anderson coaching Publix Super Market at Shoppes at Avalon's team, "Kevin's Kickers"

  • Hits 106 Marvelous Marvin coaching Publix Super Market at The Shoppes at Glen Lakes team, "Glen Lakers”

  • Hernando County Board of County Commissioner Brian Hawkins coaching Timber Pine’s team, “Hammer Jammers”

  • Hernando County Emergency Management Director Dave DeCarlo coaching HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital’s team, “LifeSavers”

  • Hernando County Board of County Commissioner Jerry Campbell coaching Regions Bank’s team, “Balls of Fury”

  • Superintendent of Hernando Count Schools John Stratton coaching Hernando School’s team, "Saved By The Ball"

  • Hernando County Fire Chief & Public Safety Director Paul Hasenmeier coaching Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative’s team "WRECking Crew"

  • Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller Doug Chorvat Jr. coaching Clerk of Court’s team, “The Mighty Dougs”

  • Dr. Lauren Dedea from Dedea M.D. Family Medicine coaching Publix Super Market at Brooksville Square's team, "Brooksville Skillz"

  • Sheriff Al Nienhuis coaching Publix Super Market at Hernando West Plaza’s team, "187-WON”

  • Publix’s Brittany Montmarquet coaching Publix Super Market at Lakewood Plaza’s team, "Riki’s Rockets”

The following Celebrity Coaches were voted for a dip in the Dunk Tank by attendees, Brijbag Law’s Brian Brijbag (voted), Board of County Commissioner Jerry Campbell (voted), Family Chiropractic Center for Wellness’s Dr. Brian Dahmer (selected), and Hernando County Fire Chief Paul Hasenmeier (selected). This family fun day included music from PJ the DJ, a Bounce House, Foto Fun Booth, craft vendors, and a special performance of the National Anthem by Hernando’s very own talented singer, Snow Anna Mazourek.

This year’s final line-up for our Food Truck Rally included Spice Corner, Cali Street Tacos, The Ice Cream Barr, Brain Freeze Italian Ice, Love Corn Dogs, Murph Coffee Company! Home Run Hero Field Sponsors included HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital, Carter Foreman, PLLC, Brijbag Law, and Kiwanis Club of Brooksville. Base Run Baller Sponsors included Micro Matic, Grow Financial, Family Chiropractic Center for Wellness, Comfort Control Specialists, and Allstate by Jason Aldrich. Publix is always recognized by United Way of Hernando County as an active Community Partner thanks to their ongoing level of support towards our mission. The Touch-a-Truck event featured the ARGO amphibious vehicle used by Hernando County Mosquito Control, Fire Rescue’s Ladder Truck, and first responder vehicles for children to enjoy.

Fans and supporters of the event also noticed over 30 cause-brand marketing yard signs from local “Double Play Sponsors” throughout the park that day. Our annual Mascot Fun Run was held on Field #3. The line-up included Smiley of Lifesouth Community Blood Center, Andy the Armadillo of Texas Roadhouse, WWHS Hornet, J.D. Floyd Dolphin, HHS Leopard, Tommy The T-Rex, Pikachu, Plato the Dinosaur of Publix Supermarkets, Carey The Cow, and Scoopie of Culvers. WWHS Hornet took home the gold for this year’s Mascot Fun Run Race!

United Way would also like to thank Hernando County Parks and Recreation, United Way of Hernando County volunteers, Board Members, and Kickball Planning Committee Members for generously donating their time, talents, and efforts to help make this event such a success. Thank you for always #LIVINGUNITED.

Visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball for information on event entertainment, participants, and opportunities. For more ways to GIVE, ADVOCATE, or VOLUNTEER for our future events, contact Justine Peppe at Impact@UnitedWayHernando.org or call 352-688-2026.